Egypt Contour Map

The Great Pyramid of Giza rises 480 feet into the Egyptian sky. You’ve seen it hundreds of times in photos, but as you stand in its shadow, you’re completely in awe. To think that men built this without our technology 5,000 years ago is nothing short of amazing. The call of the muezzin interrupts the city’s sounds and affirms you are in an ancient place.

Introduction
The riches of the Egyptian Museum invite you to learn the stories buried throughout this country and still being unearthed, while at monumental Abu Simbel and Temple of Karnak you feel invisible to the towering sculptures and columns. Below the surface, the Red Sea offers fabulous coral and shipwrecks to explore. A Nile River cruise is a wonderful and relaxing way to visit the ancient monuments, tombs and sites on an Egypt tour. With the heat of the day, you'll relish the breeze during your cruise, and the comforts onboard. It is important to book the right boat that offer good cuisine and quality guides. We can arrange your trip.
Climate
The best time to visit Egypt is between the months of October and April, when temperatures are a bit cooler. This is also the prime tourist season. Our summer months (May to September) are rather hot, though the air is drier. Because is Egypt is hot year around, a Nile river cruise is a good option because you can catch a breeze at times cruising the river in between site visits.
Egyptian cuisine
A number of dishes are common to the Middle East area, though Egypt, like all countries, often has its own spin on things. Aish baladi is a fluffy pita-type bread commonly served and good for eating with. Beans are commonly used, and you can’t go wrong with a healthy bowl of Fuul Medames. In Egyptian version of Falafel is ta’ameya, made with fava beans instead of chickpeas. Koshary is a hodge-podge national dish made with macaroni, chickpeas, lentils and rice, topped with tomato sauce and fried onions. (Other versions can include meat.) Fish sayadiyan is seasoned white fish that's pan-fried before baking with a sauce from onion, bell pepper and tomato. Kebabs dishes include kaba wa kofta made from ground lamb, beef, onion, garlic and spices. Top off your meal with Om Ali, a dessert of phyllo dough and a blend of almonds, raisins, pistachios, coconut, milk and cream, sprinkled with cinnamon and baked. Delicious!
Suggested reading
Out of Egypt (A. Aciman), Death on the Nile and Death Comes As the End (A. Christie), Cairo: The City Victorious ( M. Rodenbeck), Sex and the Citadel (S. El-Fiki), Inside Egypt (J. Bradley), Tutankhamun’s Armies (J. C. Darnell and C. Manassa), Akhenaten (D.Montserrat), River God (W. Smith), Nefertiti (M. Moran), Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth (N. Mahfouz)
Suggested viewing
The Night of Counting the Years, Cairo Station, The Mummy, Cleopatra, The Sin, The Gods of Egypt, The Nightingale’s Prayer, The Yacoubian Building, Antony and Cleopatra.

Unique Experiences
In Egypt

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Egypt Hotels & Resorts

There’s a variety of hotels in Egypt, but you’ll want to be sure you’re staying where you will be most comfortable and safe. Our travel experts can make your arrangements for your stay.

A Nile river cruise is another way to travel in Egypt and see many of its spectacular sites. There are over 300 Nile river boats, let us guide you to your best and most comfortable choice.

Cairo

Four Seasons, First Residence

Overlooking the Nile, a 7-minute walk from Giza Zoo and 13 km from The Great Pyramid..

Cairo

Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski

Near the Nile, and 4 km from Cairo Ramses train station and the Egyptian museum. Museum.

Cairo

Cairo Marriott Hotel

On Gezira Island, this upscale casino hotel is 3 km from the Egyptian Museum.

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Did you know?

One of history's earliest peace treaties, the Kadesh Peace Treaty, was negotiated in 1259 B.C. between Egypt and the Hittite Empire.

The 365-day calendar that is divided into 12 months was invented in Egypt.

Ancient Egypt produced the world's first prosthetic limb, a toe composed of leather, wood and thread and dated between 950 and 710 B.C.

In ancient Egypt, men and women wore copious amounts of makeup, which they believed gave them the protection of the gods Horus and Ra.

More About Travel to Egypt

Since its founding  by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. Alexandria has long been an important part of Egypt’s historic culture. Here you can explore the secret catacombs of Kom El Shogafa, the Montazah Palace Gardens, the Roman-era Pompey’s Pillar, and the Bibliotheca Alexandria.

In the hubub of busy Cairo, you’ll have access to the incredible sites of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, as well as take a trip to the ancient capital of Memphis and the burial grounds and earliest pyramid at Sakkara. The  Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is full of fascinating discoveries. You also won’t want to miss out on shopping and try your hand at bargaining at Khan el Khalili Bazaar, a precursor to our shopping malls.

Outside of Cairo, you might consider visiting Fayoum, Egypt’s oldest city and one of the most ancient in all of Africa. This is a lush pristine desert oasis, the world’s oldest nature reserve at Lake Qaroun.  Its wealth of history is found in its archaeological sites and 40-million-year-old fossil remains.

At Luxor the Valley of the Kings and the temples of Karnak and Luxor are magnificent architectural structures.  At Aswan, the High Dam and Temple of Philae await your discovery. The nighttime sound and light show is an enjoyable evening. If you are not planning on a Nile river cruise onboard one of our luxury river boats, consider enjoying a felucca ride during your visit.

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